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Fish Build A Better Wind Farm

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Current wind farm technology has hit the proverbial wall with efficiency of the current turbine design almost maxed out.  They have to be spaced apart to avoid turbulence from other turbines and this cuts down on the number of turbines in a given area.  Today’s tech puts out an average 2 watts per square meter (on productive sites) of farm land.  At that rate, even an efficient LED fixture for your reef would require a significant chunk of land.  The old propeller style units have their setbacks but a research team from Caltech has turned to schooling fish to help push wind energy to the next level.… More:

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State of the Reef

Ever wonder what the current state of the ocean reef around the world is? Here’s a nifty map that shows in various levels. 31 1024x685 State of the Reef Green,  yellow and orange indicates that there’s still hope if we reduce damages caused by humans. These areas were determined to be most capable of handling the “stress” even if the expected temperature of the ocean are to rise in the future. Areas marked with red dots were determined to be too late to save, already barren and void of any self-sustaining possibilities if the ocean’s temperatures were to rise.… More:

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Reefs and Art: Whatever you can dream

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These days, you can buy just about everything.  And if you can’t buy it, you can find a 3D printer and make it yourself.  The example above was created by Michaella Janse van Vuuren on a Zprinter 650.  That’s right, this surreal combination of coral and a starfish was imaginary until Michaella created it in a 3D modeling tool and printed it.  Some other cool aqua related pieces are on her website.  … More:

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Don’t Go Into The Light

dreamstimefree 10671013 300x238 Dont Go Into The Light Brightness is something I hear hobbyists talk about way to frequently when it comes to reef lighting, but there’s much more important things that cannot be measured by the human eye that should be considered when looking at reef lighting. Our eyes work much like a camera, which judges light based on relative light and less on actual output, so more scientific means must be used when figuring out what out photosynthetic pets need.… More:

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Tales From The Fish Store | The Worst Gift Ever

dreamstimefree 12184193 199x300 Tales From The Fish Store | The Worst Gift Ever If it’s possible to love something, then there’s always going to be someone with the care to make a gift of it. If you’re reading this, you should know that marine aquariums are a love, and naturally can be made into gifts quite often. Stories of this range from awesome additions to poorly planned problems, but the story I heard at the LFS this week takes the cake. Read about the worst gift ever after the break.… More:

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Reefs and Art: Steampunk Corals

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Here is a cool piece of art named “Coral 2″ from MARONPOT.  This piece is made out of pounded copper plate and looks nice a nice retracted favia or acan.  The artists from this studio have a couple other pieces in this vein but most of their style comes from aquatic themes such as turtles and fish.  Check out the entire portfolio HERE.… More:

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Clownfish Will Host Anything

dreamstimefree 1040082 300x225 Clownfish Will Host Anything The movie Finding Nemo may have been the biggest stimulant this hobby has ever seen, and what epitomizes this phenomenon more than the clownfish and anemone combo? Since that movie hit the box office, clowns have been the inspiration behind many a reef tank, and a lot of people add anemones to help them feel at home. This symbiotic relationship serves them very well in the wild, but is it really needed, or worth the risk, in a home aquarium? Find out after the break.… More:

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Divers in the Desert

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I remember setting foot on my first dive boat.  I was happy to see that an entire wall of the boat was devoted to bumper stickers from dive shops around the world, since that implied that we were not their first customers, which gave me some peace.  What surprised me was the amount of inland dive shops represented on that wall.  It seemed to me that diving should be a coastal hobby, since the cost of gear is expensive enough when you don’t have to tack on airfare to some tropical destination.  Apparently Linda Nelson and George Sanders, long time divers (we’re talking over 5,000 and 8,000 dives respectively) and owners of Neptune Divers in Salt Lake City, Utah also felt that there should be an easily accessible and exciting place to dive close to home.  After experiencing years of frustration… More:

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